Northern Ireland

Bail given to north Belfast sex offence accused

A 40-year-old man from north Belfast has appeared in court charged with rape and a number of other sexual offences, including one with a child.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was released on bail at Belfast Magistrates Court.

The alleged offences took place between June and September. He faces one charge of rape and two of sexual assault.

He also faces a single charge of sexual activity with a child.

The judge applied reporting restrictions to protect the identity of the alleged victim and after hearing police concerns about the defendant's safety.